Forum Month

Hit the forums this July for competitions, dev blogs and more.

Treasure Hunter – Dragon Chests

Up to four times the loot from metallic dragon chests, this weekend on Treasure Hunter.

Development Release: Tanglu 3.0 RC1

Matthias Klumpp has announced the availability of a release candidate for Tanglu, a Debian based distribution for desktop users. Tanglu 3 RC1 introduces experimental support and is presented in three editions (GNOME, KDE and Core). “We are pleased to announce the release of the first release candidate (RC)….

GNOME Foundation: Call for hosts for GUADEC 2016

The GNOME Foundation invites proposals to host GUADEC 2016.

GUADEC is the biggest gathering of GNOME users and developers, which
takes place in Europe every year. It includes conference days, the
GNOME Foundation annual general meeting and hacking in a week of
coding and discussion.

Teams wishing to organize GUADEC in their city should discuss their
intent to submit a bid with the board before the 1st of August by
email to board-list< at >gnome.org. They should also try to attend GUADEC
2015 in Gothenburg on the 7th-12th August where the board and the
local team will make themselves available to help you figure out what
is involved in organising GUADEC.

The deadline for bid submission will be the 1st of September 2015 by
e-mail to foundation-announce< at >gnome.org and board-list< at >gnome.org. Bids
should also be uploaded to https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/2016/Bids

Keep in mind that a good location candidate should meet the following criteria:
* easily accessible by plane or train
* motivated local team, preferably with experience in event organisation
* a venue available to host the event
* good options for lunches (catering, student restaurant…)
* affordable accommodation and places to eat in the evening
* space for informal talks and impromptu hacking local industry and
government support

Bids from previous years are available for reference. Also be aware
that while organizing a conference such as GUADEC is a huge
undertaking, people from the GNOME community have been there before
you and will be there to help you. You can find more information at
https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC including a How To for writing the bid
and an overview of the kinds of things you should include in the
proposal.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with the
foundation board at board-list< at >gnome.org.
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Distribution Release: antiX 15

The antiX project, a distribution suitable for low-resource computing based on Debian’s Stable branch, has announced the launch of antiX 15. “A lot of time and work was spent getting antiX-15 (Killa P) ready for stable release; we hope you like it. As with previous releases, antiX-15 comes….

Call for applications for Fedora Diversity Advisor (A Volunteer Position)

Fedora is a big community that includes contributors and users from many different countries, each with their own experiences and historical backgrounds that contribute to a diverse mix of cultural, educational, and behavioral norms. To continuously create and foster an inclusive environment in the Fedora community, it’s important to respond to the needs of existing contributors and users, and welcome new contributors and users from diverse backgrounds.

The Fedora Diversity Advisor Search team for the Fedora Council is looking for a Fedora Diversity Advisor (a volunteer position) to act as a source of support and information for all contributors and users, especially those from underrepresented populations, so that issues of inclusion and equity can be discussed and addressed with the planning of multiculturalism and comfort.

Primary responsibilities

  • Implement diversity efforts that will have a big effect on the Fedora community
  • Promote inclusion in the Fedora community
  • Act as a source of support and a mediator should there be any
    concerns or incidents
  • Serve on the Fedora Council, our top-level governance and leadership body

To achieve the above you will work with Fedora community members to identify which of the following and other strategies would be most effective and feasible, and help implement them:

  • Increasing visibility of minority contributors and users through
    talks, feature articles, and awards
  • Making explicit invitations and providing financial support to
    attend conferences and give talks
  • Helping develop skills by offering targeted workshops and internships
  • Creating a welcoming environment by adopting and enforcing codes of
    conduct
  • Fostering communication, networking, and support forums with mailing
    lists and in-person events

Required skills

  • Knowledge of and experience in working with historically
    underrepresented groups
  • Excellent written communications skills, demonstrated through blog
    posts or other written work
  • Understanding of and experience in open source communities
  • Ability to communicate at a moderate technical level about open
    source projects
  • Experience in similar roles in your past is a significant advantage
  • Experience writing grants is a plus.

To apply for the position, please answer the following questions and send your responses and a CV (or link to your online profile) to diversity-app@lists.fedoraproject.org

  • Why do you believe diversity and inclusion are important for Fedora?
  • Why do you want to serve as Fedora’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisor?
  • What specific minority group(s) or issues can you offer insight about?
  • What perspectives, experiences, or knowledge about diversity and inclusion
    could you share with the Fedora community?
  • Do you have experience working across various cultures? (Cross cultural
    refers to various geographies, cultural groups, etc.)
  • To give us further insight, feel free to provide names and contact
    information for up to three people who can speak to your passion,  interest
    or experience with diversity and inclusion.

NOTE: Last date of submission of application is July 31, 2015. Also, this is a volunteer position and NOT a paid position.

Looking forward to a great participation.

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 17.2

Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of Linux Mint 17.2. The new release is a long term support release, based on packages from Ubuntu 14.04, and supported through to 2019. Linux Mint ships in two editions, Cinnamon and MATE. The Cinnamon edition offers a number of performance improvements….

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Officially Out with Cinnamon 2.6 – Screenshot Tour

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon has been officially announced by Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the project, and it brings numerous upgrades for the desktop environment and the underlying operating system.

The ISO images for Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon have been out for a couple of days, so today’s announcement is actually just a formality. Things haven’t changed all that much from the previous Release Candidate that landed last week, so the developers have been … (read more)

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.4

Berlin, June 30, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.4.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family, with over 70 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.3. New features introduced by LibreOffice 4.4 are listed on this wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC3 (fixed in RC3).

Get involved: LibreOffice 5.0 and LibreOffice Conference

The LibreOffice community is actively working at next major release, LibreOffice 5.0, expected in early August 2015. After two successful bug hunting sessions, developers are putting the finishing touches to the software. Preliminary release notes are available at: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0.

Also, the Call for Paper for LibreOffice Conference 2015, which will be hosted by the Danish city of Aarhus from September 23 to September 25, is open until July 15, with further details on the website: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/call-for-papers/.

The LibreOffice community is growing, and these are exceptional opportunities to join the fun together with over 900 developers who have contributed to the code and over 3,000 volunteers who have localized the suite, chased the bugs, written the manuals, spoken at conferences, and advocated LibreOffice both at global and local levels.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE released!




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The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE.

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela MATE Edition

Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features at a glance:

For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 17.2 MATE“.

Important info:

To be aware of issues and read about explanations and possible solutions related to this release, visit: “Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.2 MATE

System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.

Notes:

  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.2 RC, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 or Linux Mint 17.1, please wait for a few days while we release a new version of the Update Manager to you. In the meantime, you do not need to download or to reinstall anything. We’ll make announcements next week when this is ready.




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Download:Md5 sum:

Torrents:

HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Alternative downloads:

No-codecs images:

Distributors and magazines in Japan, USA and countries where distributing media codecs is problematic can use the “No Codecs” ISO images.  These images will be made available next week, for both the MATE and Cinnamon edition in 32-bit and 64-bit at the following address:

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=25

OEM images:

Manufacturers can pre-install Linux Mint on their computers using the OEM installation images. These images will be made available next week, for both the MATE and Cinnamon edition in 64-bit at the following address:

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=25

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Cinnamon Edition

Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features at a glance:

To be aware of issues and read about explanations and possible solutions related to this release, visit: “Release Notes for Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon

System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.

Notes:

  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.2 RC, simply launch the Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
  • If you want to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 or Linux Mint 17.1, please wait for a few days while we release a new version of the Update Manager to you. In the meantime, you do not need to download or to reinstall anything. We’ll make announcements next week when this is ready.

Download:

Md5 sum:

Torrents:

HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:

HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:

Alternative downloads:

No-codecs images:

Distributors and magazines in Japan, USA and countries where distributing media codecs is problematic can use the “No Codecs” ISO images.  These images will be made available next week, for both the MATE and Cinnamon edition in 32-bit and 64-bit at the following address:

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=25

OEM images:

Manufacturers can pre-install Linux Mint on their computers using the OEM installation images. These images will be made available next week, for both the MATE and Cinnamon edition in 64-bit at the following address:

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=25

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun with this new release!

Plasma 5.3.2 Fixes Your Shutdown Scripts


Plasma 5.3

Plasma 5.3

Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.3.2. Plasma 5.3 was released in April with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds a month’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • KWin: ‘Defaults’ should set the title bar double-click action to ‘Maximize.’. Commit.
  • Improve Applet Alternatives dialog. Commit. Fixes bug #345786
  • Make shutdown scripts work. Commit.

Full Plasma 5.3.2 changelog

Distribution Release: OpenMediaVault 2.1

Volker Theile has announced the release of OpenMediaVault 2.1, a new version of the project’s specialist Debian-based distribution designed for network-attached storage (NAS) tasks: “Today I am happy to announce the release of OpenMediaVault version 2.1 (Stone burner). The main features at a glance: using Sencha ExtJS 5.1.1….

Publishing LXD images

While some work remains to be done for ‘lxc publish’, the current support is sufficient to show a full cycle of image workload with lxd.

Ubuntu Wily comes with systemd by default. Sometimes you might need a Wily container with upstart. And to repeatedly reproduce some tests on Wily with upstart, you might want to create a container image.

# lxc remote add lxc images.linuxcontainers.org # lxc launch lxc:ubuntu/wily/amd64 w1 # lxc exec w1 -- apt-get -y install upstart-bin upstart-sysv # lxc stop w1 # lxc publish --public w1 --alias=wily-with-upstart # lxc image copy wily-with-upstart remote: # optional 

Now you can start a new container using

# lxc launch wily-with-upstart w-test-1 # lxc exec w-test-1 -- ls -alh /sbin/init lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 May 18 10:20 /sbin/init -> upstart # lxc exec w-test-1 run-my-tests 

Importantly, because “–public” was passed to the lxc publish command, anyone who can reach your lxd server or the image server at “remote:” will also be able to use the image. Of course, for private images, don’t use “–public”.

About the author

Serge Hallyn works for Canonical as a member of the Ubuntu Server team, with a particular focus on the virtualization stack. He has been involved with containers since the first upstream kernel patches for uts and pid namespaces. He was involved with LSM from the start, is listed as co-maintainer of the security subsystem and capabilities, and is a core maintainer of the LXC project.

Distribution Release: OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2

The developers behind OpenMandriva have released a new version of their novice-friendly distribution. OpenMandriva originally started as a fork of Mandriva and continues on with similar goals and practices. The latest release, version 2014.2, ships with UEFI support and upgraded desktop, kernel and multimedia packages. “Just as any….

Maintenance: Australian Servers

We’re performing maintenance on our Australian servers from 13:00 – 15:00 UTC, 1st July.

BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.2.0

The DragonFly BSD team has announced the launch of DragonFly BSD 4.2.0. The new release includes a number of important new features and upgrades. DragonFly BSD 4.2.0 includes GNU’s GCC 5 compiler as the default system compiler, offers improved graphics support and Sendmail has been replaced by a….

LibreOffice 5.0 to Bring More DOCX Improvements

The Document Foundation has released the second RC for the upcoming LibreOffice 5.0 version, and it looks like the developers are making a final push for the new version of the office suite that is scheduled to land in July.

Each new RC for Libreoffice brings us closer to the promised 5.x branch, which has been touted as the best release made so far, and from what we’ve seen until now, it’s going to be full of new features and a ton of fixes, way too many to count.

In an… (read more)

Get the “Gone Home” FPS Puzzle Game with a Huge 88% Discount on Steam

FPS adventure game Gone Home is now available on Steam for Linux with huge 88% price cut that will last for another day.

Gone Home is a story driven game that is like nothing you’ve ever played until now. You don’t get to meet anyone, and you don’t get to interact with any other character. You’re just trying to solve a mystery. Despite the fact that there are no enemies, and you don’t get hurt in any way, the game manages to keep the suspense going with ease, and that’s mos… (read more)

Last Chance to Get “The Last Federation” 4X Strategy with an 80% Price Cut

The Last Federation, a turn-based strategy game with 4X elements developed and published by Arcen Games LLC, is available on Steam for Linux with an 80% discount.

The Linux platform does have quite a few strategies; any new title will have to be good. The Last Federation has been proposed by the community and had a great media reception, so you know it’s a good investment. It’s also worth pointing out that the promotions will only last for a few more hours.

“From the cre… (read more)